TV host and model Phoemela Baranda with daughter
MANILA -- After keeping her secret for a long time, TV host and model Phoemela Baranda on Sunday admitted that she has a 15-year old daughter named Kim.
In an exclusive interview with "Buzz ng Bayan," Baranda said she got pregnant when she was only 18.
"My mom told me to hide [my pregnancy] because I was modelling at that time," she explained.
Baranda narrated that she had to go to the US when she was four-months pregnant, and only returned after she had already given birth.
"Nung una, ipinapakilala ko siya bilang pamangkin ko. Nung 5 to 8 years old na siya, sister ko na siya," she explained.
Baranda admitted that her relationship with her daughter was awkward at first, but she made it a point to take over her responsibilities to her daughter after her mother passed away.
According to Kim, she knew that Baranda is her real mother when she was 11. She stressed that she didn't feel betrayed because she understands the nature of show business.
Kim also admitted that she is ready for whatever changes this "coming out" will bring.
"I was raised to be strong," she said.
As a message to her mother, Kim said she appreciates all that her mother is doing to make up for lost time.
She also said she is not interested in knowing who her father is.